God instructs Moses about holiness
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Holiness Code
Holiness Code The scholarly name for Leviticus 17–26, a discernable section within Leviticus that exhibits a distinctive theology broadly described as a democratization of holiness ideals.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Holiness Code
HOLINESS CODE. The label conventionally assigned to Leviticus 17–26 (Heiligkeitsgesetz, and abbreviated as H), generally thought to contain an originally independent legal corpus which was later edited from the perspective of the Priestly School.A summary of the contents will outline the sections, and
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Holiness Code
Holiness Code. Group of laws supposedly edited into the P (Priestly) source, comprising chapters 17–26 of Leviticus (referred to as the H document). It was either added by the authors of P or by an editor influenced by P. Liberal scholars date the work from the postexilic period in the time of Ezra (570
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Holiness Code
Holiness CodeThe corpus of laws in Lev. 17–26, specifically concentrating on religious and cultic matters. The civil and criminal types of laws, found in Exodus and Deuteronomy, are conspicuously absent here. Stressing the decree to be holy because Yahweh is holy (Lev. 19:2; 20:7, 26; 21:6, 8), these
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Holiness Code
Holiness Code. †Name ascribed by critical scholars to Lev. 17–26, originally derived from the recurring statement “You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy” (e.g., 19:2; cf. 20:26); represented by the symbol H. Regarded by some scholars as an independent code inserted into the Priestly
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Holiness Code
Holiness Code, also ‘Law of Holiness’. The collection of legal material in Lev. 17–26, so named by A. Klostermann in 1877, and designated ‘H’. The subjects dealt with are animal sacrifice and the prohibition of eating blood (17), laws of marriage and chastity (18), miscellaneous religious and ethical
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Holiness Code
Holiness Code. A common designation for the legal corpus found in Lev. 17–26, thought by many to have had an independent origin; often referred to simply as H. See Pentateuch.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
H, HOLINESS CODE. The siglum used in Pentateuchal scholarship to refer to the second portion of Leviticus (chs. 17–26), which A. Klosterman (1893) designated the Holiness Code (German: Heiligkeitsgesetz). H is believed to be separate from the larger Priestly Source (P) although the exact relationship
Key passages
Le 17:1–24:9

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the Israelites, and you shall say to them, ‘This is the word that Yahweh has commanded, saying, “Any man from the house of Israel who slaughters an ox or a sheep or a goat in the camp …

Le 25:1–26:46

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the Israelites, and say to them, ‘When you come into the land that I am about to give to you, then the land shall observe a Sabbath for Yahweh. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall …

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